Brevard County Clerk of Courts Debate In Heated Exchange

MELBOURNE, Florida  -- The Republican Club of Brevard hosted the first debate between current Brevard County Clerk of Court Mitch Needelman and former Brevard County Clerk of Court Scott Ellis at the Holiday Inn in Viera.

The hour long debate was heated at times, where Needelman called Ellis a liar and that Ellis' numbers were in "Fantasyland" while Ellis characterized the environment at the Clerk's office "evil."

The major issue between the two is whether Ellis left the Clerk's office in the black prior to Needelman taking over.  Ellis contended that there wasn't any crisis to justify the extreme changes made to the Clerk's office such as firing and rehiring Clerk employees through a private company.  Needelman said that the staff sourcing of Clerk employees was put out to a competitive bid along with health insurance.

Watch the debate between the two candidates below:

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